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Environmentally Friendly Drilling Scorecard

The development of the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Scorecard has been ongoing since 2008. The first 3 ½ years focused on reaching a consensus for the various attributes through a series of workshops, meetings and paper exercises. For the past year the scorecard has been undergoing various tests. This testing consists of reviewing systems and technologies as well as applying the scorecard to past and ongoing operations. The objective is to develop a methodology that documents the environmental and societal tradeoffs associated with energy development taking into consideration variances in geographic regions. The scorecard will allow operators to objectively assess and continually improve their environmental performance and their service providers and it may enable companies to provide transparent documentation of performance. .

During 2012 the Scorecard was tested at actual drilling operations as well as drill-a-well-on-paper exercises. The testing gathered findings to enhance the Scorecard process. An operator-only meeting was held in Spring of 2013 to review the status of the Scorecard. The Scorecard will be issued in 2013 based on input received from sponsoring operators. In addition, further testing of the Scorecard will be performed in order to determine unique characteristics that need to be included for different ecosystems.

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Project Announcements

Press Releases

The EFD Virtual Site Kiosk will exhibit at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference August 25-27, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

Press Releases

HARC's Environmentally Friendly Drilling Program awards grants to Artist Boat Training Program to serve oil and gas corporations and service companies.

Press Releases

The EFD Virtual Rig site is expanding! As we’re finishing up the development on the Virtual Hydraulic Fracturing Site, the Virtual Drilling Rig is adding more ‘hotspots’ to demonstrate technologies and practices that are reducing the footprint of energy development.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Andra Wilcox abstract was selected for presentation at the 2014 Groundwater Protection Council Annual Forum in Seattle, Washington.


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